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*To 'leve the figure, or disfigure it: Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.
Her. So is Lysander.
The. In himself he is;
Her. I would, my father look d but with my eyes.
Her. I do intreat your Grace to pardon me:
The. Either to die the death, or to abjure
Her. So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord,
*To 'leve the figure,&c. ) i. e.releve, to heighten or add to the Beauty of the Figure, which is said to be imprinted by him. 'Tis from the French, relever.
† I know not, by what power I am made bold;] It was the Opinion of the Ancients, that when a Person did or said any Thing tha exceeded his common Faculties of Performance, that he did it by the Alliste ance of some God. So here she insinuates, that it was Love that en. abled her to plead his Cause.
you marry him.
Ere I will yield my virgin patent up
The, Take time to pause; and by the next new moon,
Dem. Relent, sweet Hermia; and, Lysander, yield Thy crazed title to my certain right.
Lyf. You have her father's love, Demetrius ; Let me have Hermia's; do
Ege. Scornful Lysander! true, he hath my love;
am, my lord, as well deriv'd as he,
The. I must confess, that I have heard so much,
To fit your fancies to your father's will;
S CE N E II.
Manent Lysander and Hermia.
How chance, the roses there do fade so fast? Her. Belike, for want of rain ; which I could well + Beteem them from the tempest of mine eyes.
Lys. Hermia, for aught that ever I could read,
Lyf. Or if there were a sympathy in choice,
* Come, my Hippolita ; what cheer, my love?] Hippolita had not said one ingle Word all this while. Had a modern Poet had the teaching of her, we should have found her the busiest amongst them; and, without Doubt, the Lovers might have expected a more equitable Decision. But Shakespear knew better what he was about; and observed Decorum. + Betecm, or pour down upon them.
Making it momentary as a sound, Swift as a shadow, short as any dream, “* Brief as the lightning in the + collied night, " That (in a spleen) unfolds both heav'n and earth; “ And ere a man hath power to say, Behold! “ The jaws of darkness do devour it up; So quick bright things come to confusion.
.Her. If then true lovers have been ever croft, It stands as an edict in destiny: Then, let us teach our tryal patience: Because it is a customary cross, As due to love, as thoughts and dreams, and fighs, Wishes and tears, poor fancy's followers !
Ly. A good persuasion; therefore hear me, Hermia.
If thou lov'ft me then
Her. My good Lysander,
That, a Spleen, unfolds both Heaven and Earth.] Tho' the Word Spleen be here employed odly enough, yet I believe it right. ShukeJpear always hurried on by the Grandeur and Multitude of his Ideas assumes, every now and then, an uncommon Licence in the Use of his Words. Particularly in complex moral Modes it is usual with him to employ one, only to express a very few Ideas of that Number of which it is composed. Thus wanting here to Express the Ideas ---of a sudden, or- in a trice, he uses the Word Spleen; which, pariially considered, fignifying a hafty-sudden Fit is enough for him, and he never troubles hiinself about the further or fuller Signification of the Word. Collied or black.
Lys. I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow,
Her. In that same place thou haft appointed me,
Lys. Keep promise, love. Look, here comes Helena.
O D fpeed, fair Helena! whither away?
Hel. Call you me fair? that fair again unsay;
look; and with what art
Her. I frown upon him, yet he loves me still.
smiles such skill! Her. I give him curses, yet he gives me love. Hel. Oh, that my prayʻrs could such affection move! Her. The more I haie, the more he follows me. Hel. The more I love, the more he hateth me. Her. His Folly, Helena, is no fault of mine.